There are so many children’s books out there, we feel it can be a bit overwhelming knowing what books to choose for your baby. Reading even to very small babies is extremely important for language development and bonding. It also builds listening, memory and vocabulary skills. So below we have listed our top 11 (it was meant to be 10 but I just liked them all too much) first books that we know you will love reading to your baby and your baby will enjoy listening to.
Thats Not My… by Fiona Watt
A lovely series of books. Usborne have just published their 50th book in this series! So you’ll be sure to find a few you and your baby will love reading together. Each page is bright, colourful and has touchy-feely textures for your baby to explore. There’s also a little mouse who appears on every page across the whole series so make sure to try and spot him!
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
A great first lift the flap book, perfect for little hands. First published in 1982 and its still a favourite. Discover a world of animals inside the wonderful book.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Lovely book to read at bedtime. Calming and rhythmical text alongside such pretty illustrations.
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg
This great story book takes characters from well known nursery stories and as your child grows they will be able to try and spot them on each page. Lovely rhyming text that your baby will enjoy listening too and you will enjoy reading.
Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
A simple and colourful lift the flap book. Little ones will enjoy the search for Spot on every page.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
Follow this family as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of the bear. Michael Rosen’s lyrical, repetitive text reads aloud beautifully and the delightful illustrations are perfect.
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
A story about a little owl who decides to stay awake all day, instead of all night, and discovers a world bursting with colour! A wonderful and engaging book to introduce the names of colours to little ones.
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Linley Dodd
Hairy Maclary goes for a walk, followed by some friends. All is fine until they meet Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town. Lots of rhyming and repetition making this a fun and charming book. There are 12 books all about Hairy Maclary and a further 9 about his friends.
The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr
This picture book is perfect for reading aloud. A lovely timeless story that your little ones are sure to enjoy.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
When you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much they mean to you. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure. This is sure to become a bedtime favourite in your house.
Peepo! by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
A lovely book for little hands. Your baby will love “peeping” through the hole in each page to see through to the next one. Following a baby’s day from when he wakes till bedtime. A delightful story with beautiful illustrations that you and your baby will want to read again and again.